The TED Conference is coming up in a week in Long Beach, California. As one of the TED Fellows selected from around the globe for presenting ideas worth spreading – I’ll be speaking about the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) on Feb. 28.
The talk will be going online towards the end of March on the official TED website. By then, as a result of the TED Conference, we will have likely established many more key contacts – in terms of substantive GVCS project development towards completion within 2 years and a $2.4M budget. It won’t be easy – and it will take True Fans, product sales, serious resource development, and increased visibility – matched by the recruitment of a solid development team and the streamlining of a parallel, technical development methodology.
I’m going through my pre-performance anxiety right now. This event is intense – that is certainly in the air about it. I’ve been told that access to the TED network as a Fellow means access to any person on this planet. This carries with it huge potential as well as responsibility. I’ve also been told that Fellows are especially well-nurtured at the TED event – as many participants tend to find the Fellows particularly interesting. I’ve also been told that all speakers, including Nobel laureates, celebrities, Hollywood directors, and Pulitzer Prize-winning authors get the pre-game jitters before their TED appearance because of the high-level crowd that they will find themselves in.
I’d like to report that I’m going periscope down for a week until the conference and for the week of the conference. I need to spend my full attention on this magical opportunity. I am currently preparing my presentation, and networking with some of the participants. Already, I have met another open hardware industrialist, TED Fellow from 2010, Dominick Muren of The Humblefactory. We’ve begun discussing a pattern language for the open source technology. The excitement is intensifying. I expect TED to be a mindblowing crash course on the latest trends of civilization, with the added benefit of direct interaction with the authors of that story.
I have been rather quiet in blogging, but much is happening behind the scenes. This brings up the point that we need assistance in blogging. There is much that remains unreported as we transition into organizing a rapid, parallel development infrastructure for the Global Village Construction Set – and I can’t keep up with all that is going on and blog at the same time. So if you have the skills to ferret out and compose interesting stories from the goldmine of content that we have already produced, and keep on producing, see this blogger role description if you would like to get involved. The basic requirement would be at least one blog posts per week, which would complement our updates from the development team as the real parallel development unfolds.
As far as a practical wish-list for TED – if I were to find somebody who is the most critical to the success of this project – who would I want to meet? Let me know your thoughts. I will think about this before leaving for TED.